Letter to the editor: Edmonds needs a full-time certified arborist

Editor: I urge the Edmonds City Council to adopt the budget line item funding the hiring of a full-time arborist for the city of Edmonds. With the adoption of the UFMP (Urban Forest Management Plan) policy there is a huge need for a professional certified arborist to guide the process of implementing the UFMP and…

Letter to the editor: Mike Nelson has track record of accomplishing big goals

To the editor: We are voting for Mike Nelson based on his experience and accomplishments.  At his own expense, he has prepared himself for the mayor role by studying law and working in law enforcement in a city larger than Edmonds. We admire him for showing initiative to accomplish those goals. Developing the Edmonds section…

Letter to the editor: This former mayoral candidate supports Mike Nelson

Dear  Editor I support Mike Nelson for Mayor of Edmonds and urge people to vote for him in the November. Mike has the vision and vigor to lead our city.  He supports the issues that are important to me:  to protect our environment, preserve our historic downtown and protect our taxpayers. Mike has been the…

Letter to the editor: ‘Job interview’ shows why Tibbott is best choice for mayor

Dear Editor, In many respects the campaign for Mayor resembles a job interview for the position of Mayor. Voters (the employer) will select the candidate they conclude is best qualified to fill the job. Campaign promises aside, these are mature men best judged on past performance; they will continue performing as they have in the…

Letter to the editor: What Judge Okoloko brings to the Superior Court

Dear Editor:  After a 23-year career as a Snohomish County judge, having served over 18 years on our Superior Court, I retired from that service last year. While I have now left the court, I have a strong interest in maintaining and improving the quality of our judiciary. It is for this reason that I…

Letter to the editor: Doorbelling thank you

Editor: I have recently been doorbelling for two outstanding city council candidates, Susan Paine and Nate Monroe. This piece is not about how wonderful and well-qualified they both are (they are), but about how warmly and kindly my Edmonds’ neighbors have received me when I ring their doorbells. This so captures what Edmonds is all…

Letter to the editor: Rob Toyer best choice for county treasurer

Editor: For the past 85-plus years, the Sievers family served Snohomish County in a few roles, but none more public and distinguished than that of Snohomish County Treasurer. The recognition given to the family by the county in the naming of the Sievers Plaza is but a small step in recognizing the family’s dedicated and…

Letter to the editor: Why I’m supporting Okoloko for Superior Court Judge

Editor: In my 39 years as a judge, I had the pleasure of serving with many good judges. A year ago, the governor selected Edirin Okoloko from a large field of candidates to fill a vacancy on the Snohomish County Superior Court, and since he took office, Judge Okoloko has distinguished himself as one of…

Letter to the editor: Why I’m supporting Vivian Olson for Edmonds City Council

Editor: I will vote for Vivian Olson for Edmonds City Council in the November election. Ms. Olson’s academic credentials alone merit serious consideration.  She is an Air Force Academy graduate with an additional graduate degree in aeronautical science, and other advanced education ranging from contracting and contract law to accounting. She possesses a superb intellect…

Letter to the editor: We need a parking strategy, not ‘cultural placemaking’

 Editor: Beware. The city council is potentially about to make the same mistake it made with the original housing strategy process. Let’s not let this happen again.Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, Council will be voting on whether to hire Framework as Edmonds’ parking study consultant. There are multiple important reasons to delay selection of which consultant…

Letter to the editor: Voters entitled to candidate information that may be negative

Editor: I think it important to respond to Alicia Crank’s “Letter to the Editor”, August 9, 2019.  Much of what she said is laudable. What should be informed and fact-based debate has recently often turned into innuendo and supposition. However, voters are entitled to accurate information even if it is argues against a candidate being…

Letter to the editor: Urban wildlife at risk

Editor: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi. As I pulled onto my street at 11 p.m. last night, I saw a sight I had never seen in nearly 20 years of living in the Lake Ballinger neighborhood: a beautiful young deer milling around…

Letter to the editor: An open letter to the Edmonds City Council

Dear City Council Members: We are writing to you as Edmonds residents and/or business owners motivated in part by the recent resignations of two Director-level staff and our observations of recent Council activities. Edmonds is a rare and special jewel. Each person who lives here, does so by choice. We all have options, but we…

Letter to the editor: Defining homelessness is critical to finding a solution

Editor: Edmonds has been torn by the issue of homelessness for over a year. I, as well as many residents of Edmonds, am concerned about the welfare of those who are homeless and how best to help them. In addition, they are rightfully worried about the impact of low barrier housing and homelessness on our…

Letter to the editor: More protection needed for the Edmonds waterfront

Editor: The recent Edmonds Waterfront Connector issue convinced me that Edmonds waterfront, parks and open space need better protection. In 1997, Seattle voters passed initiative 42. That initiative required that any park or open space must be replaced with equal or better land and facilities in the local area before it can be converted to…

Letter to the editor: Thanks to Carrie Hite for her good work

Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis requested we publish this letter she wrote to City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite, who is leaving later this month for a job in Redmond. Dear Carrie, Thank you for your wonderful service and dedication that you have given the City and Community. I know there…

Letter to the editor: The people have spoken, so let’s look at other options

Editor: The people have spoken. The Sunset connector is dead. We have wisely decided not to waste further money studying a concept that would never have been accepted by the Edmonds community. The fatal flaw in this idea existed at its onset, yet went undiscovered, or more likely unheard. As a member of council, I…

Letter to the editor: Three takeaways from the Connector controversy

Editor: As the chapter on the Edmonds Waterfront Connector closes and a new chapter on how to best provide emergency services access to all of the locations west of the railroad tracks begins, I, personally and professionally, have come up with three primary takeaways. My first takeaway is that the city should rethink its community…

Letter to the editor: Don’t mistake a tactical withdrawal for a victory

Editor: Nine thousand signatures for the Save the Beach Campaign. Four hundred people protesting in the Public Safety Complex during the June 2019 City Council meeting. Mike Nelson yard signs proliferating in Edmonds. It was probably difficult for the Earling-Tibbott political establishment to ignore the widespread and growing backlash against the Edmonds Viaduct. But why…